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Federal regulators have threatened to terminate Medicare funding for a psychiatric hospital in eastern North Carolina after a series of visits to the facility, which started with a complaint alleging mistreatment and sexual assault of an 11-year-old patient. 

Before Europeans came to North Carolina, the Skarure Woccon tribe (Cape Fear Indians) sustained themselves by hunting, fishing and harvesting herbs and other plants in the lower Cape Fear River Basin.  More popularly known as Tuscarora Indians, many tribal members continue to live spread across land, including Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties, where they still follow cultural traditions. Some tribal members fish in the Cape Fear River, hunt on adjacent land, and harvest wild plants for food, healing and rituals.  However, a chemical commercially known as GenX in the river may force members of the tribe to reconsider long-held cultural practices to protect their health.

Her health insurer delayed her MRI – as the cancer spread

Kathleen Valentini was 47 when she first noticed a nagging pain in her hip. The Waxhaw mom tried physical therapy, but her pain just got worse. Her doctor ordered an MRI to find out what was going on, according to court documents and Kathleen’s husband, Val Valentini. 

A Fayetteville city councilwoman has been named to the state's top advisory panel on criminal justice. Councilwoman Courtney Banks-McLaughlin was appointed to the Governor’s Crime Commission by Gov. Roy Cooper on April 6, according to a release from the City of Fayetteville. 

Bill offers expanded rights, better access to information for those under guardianship

People under guardianship in NC would have more rights and information, under proposed revamp of statutes Laws on guardianship in North Carolina have remained unchanged for decades, and advocates …

There’s a scene in the classic comedy film "Blazing Saddles" when the town pastor is begging town folk not to take rash action against the newly appointed and highly unpopular sheriff.

Bill gives UNC Health free rein to consolidate without antitrust concerns

Big changes could be ahead for the UNC Health system if a bill approved Monday by the state Senate wins support in the House.

What is Blue Cross Blue Shield NC up to?

After a  high-profile contract loss this winter, nonprofit health insurance Blue Cross Blue Shield NC is asking lawmakers for a serious and potentially far-reaching change to state regulations so that it can behave more like national for-profit competitors. 

Everyone here knew the data: Black women are three times more likely to die in connection with childbirth than white women.  And they knew the cause: hard-to-solve social and structural problems in health care. Their goal: Get to the source of the problem to help save the lives of Black mothers and their babies.

The U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown was closed Saturday night for emergency repairs, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

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